For eradication of poverty, the Congress party and the Government have taken an extensive scheme not only in Assam but also in the whole country. The basic principle of the Indian National Congress, which was formed with the ideology of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, is eradication of illiteracy and poverty. Keeping it in mind, the Congress party in Assam has been continuing its mission for eradicating poverty. After assuming office by the Congress Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in 2001, relentless efforts have been made in the last 10 years for eradication of poverty. However, much needs to be done in this regard.
OUR ELECTION PROMISES FOR NEXT 5 YEARS
+ Much emphasis will be laid on poverty eradication through implementation of various schemes.
+ In the next 5 years, the per capita income of the people of Assam will be further increased and the living standard of the people will be improved by giving priority to poverty eradication.
+ For eradication of poverty in the State, added thrust will be given on rural infrastructure development, electrification, industrialization, agri mechanization etc to create employment opportunities at all levels, besides bringing in more investments in the fields of agriculture, trade and commerce, industry, etc.
+ It will be ensured that the monthly income of the poor families in the State is not less than Rs 3,000.
DEVELOPMENT OF TRANSPORT SECTOR
The people of Assam will never forget that the biggest public sector undertaking, the Assam State Transport Corporation, was in a moribund condition. After taking over the reins, the Congress Government has revived the corporation which saved the lives of thousands of employees and their families. Apart from this, during the 10-year tenure of the Congress Government, the Inland Water Transport and road transport system have achieved spectacular successes. Now, under the corporation, 100 new fleet of buses have been introduced for improvement of rural connectivity. A total of 200 city buses have also been pressed into service in Guwahati.
The corporation under the AGP regime had been running under heavy losses, salary and arrears to its employees could not be paid. But now during the Congress regime, the corporation has been able to earn profit. Inter State Bus Terminus in Guwahati, Silchar, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Sivasagar are being constructed. In order to provide facilities of food and lodging for bus passengers a Yatri Niwas is being constructed in Guwahati. New deluxe buses have been pressed into service to connect far-flung areas. Moreover, ultramodern city bus services in Guwahati have also been introduced.
As many as 26 new ferry services have been launched on the Brahmaputra and the Barak rivers, which have led to rise in trade and commerce as well as tourism.
To enhance efficiency of the employees and the officers of the Transport department and also to stop tax evasion in the Srirampur Check-gate, the department has been computerized. Licensing system and registration of vehicles have also been computerized.